SOUTH AFRICA, the 25th largest country in the world, offers a wide range of wonderful scenery, historic places, and great people. I am also blessed to have friends and family living in South Africa that is why I get to visit them once every few years. There are so many reasons to love this country, from the different landscapes, activities, foods, and many more attractions that I would like to share with you.
This is simply one of the best places on Earth. Here are only 10 of the many reasons why you should visit South Africa.
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1. Unspoiled Beaches - with Huge Waves
Situated on the Sunshine Coast, the 6th wonder of the world, is a coastal town known for its wonderful views and scenery which is becoming a popular destination. Kenton-on-Sea, better known as Kenton, boasts clean rivers and beaches perfect for your holiday getaway. There are a bundle of ways to enjoy this magnificent place, either through helicopter ride, boating, canoeing and all sorts of water related sports.
It is also best to visit Kenton in the months of October to April, you’ll surely be amazed by the blue-sky weather. Make the most out of your tour and experience the Music Festival held in Kenton every New Year’s Eve.
2. Overwhelming History
The Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 47 hectare site is mainly composed of limestone caves. The place was declared as the Cradle of Humankind because of the discovery of Australopithecus Africanus, a 2.3 million year old fossil. Aside from that, other million-year-old fossils were discovered within its complex caves.
Going for a road trip? South Africa offers you the best trip of your life! It’s long and endless highways alongside seemingly never-ending vistas is just priceless. I really enjoyed our long drive from Johannesburg to Grahamstown where I witnessed roads so long like no other compared to my home country. It was a great experience!
4. Delicious Food
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Your South African expedition wouldn’t be complete without the taste of their unique food and delicacies. You definitely need to grab a bite of South Africa’s most delicious foods. You have to try their local sausage, Boerowors, which for me is the best sausage in the world. You also have to try their local meat jerky called Biltong and droewors, a dried sausage, which is a perfect snack companion.
5. Finest Red Wines
Wine and vineyards are not a newcomer to South Africa. The very first vineyards were planted in 1655. Because South Africa has a warm climate, red grapes become very ripe leading to the production of high quality alcohol wines. Also, the cool ocean breeze in Western Cape, contributes to the bright acidity of wines making them fresh and food-friendly. A great idea to share with friends is to buy different bottles of wines and organize a wine tasting at home.
6. Multicultural Society
A country that allows its people to live freely, without cultural discrimination that is South Africa. You can freely express yourself without doubt and enjoy the place with utmost freedom. People with different cultures live here harmoniously.
7. Great Landscapes
Beautiful rivers, oceans and mountains embraces the beautiful country of South Africa. Numerous lovely images of South Africa’s landscapes are being uploaded every day.
Blyde River Canyon is considered to be the largest of its kind. A huge range of outdoor activities such as hiking can be done here. The Drakensberg Mountain Range was announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its rich scenic beauty. It was formed after volcanic activity and erosion after thousands of years. Table Mountain and Cape Point are two majestic mountains which can be found in Western Cape, South Africa.
8. Amazing Wildlife
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South Africa is a beautiful place full of wonderful scenery and amazing wildlife. It has a total of 299 species of mammals and 858 species of birds. We visited some safari parks when we spent some time in Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth. We also visited the Lion Park while in Johannesburg. This park is home to the magnificent white lions. Seeing these magnificent animals will make you love South Africa even more.
9. Lovely Climate- Winter and Autumn being the best time
South Africa is a subtropical region which is moderated with oceans on both sides. This country is also triangle-shaped. With that, foreign visitors are driven to this warm and temperate country, a clear effect of its location.
Though South Africa is famous for its sun, autumn and winter are considered to be the best time to visit the country. In autumn, mid-February until April, the weather is warm yet not very hot because of the little rain that pours all over the country. During nightfall, many people spend outdoors to enjoy the fantastic climate.
The winter in South Africa which falls from May to July and is characterized by crisp days but much colder nights. Bringing warm clothes is a good idea during these bracing months..
10. Very Affordable
1 South African Rand equals to 3.00 Philippine Peso at the time of writing. With this reasonable exchange rate you can surely enjoy the country without worrying about your budget. That means more shopping for us! Enjoy different South African art and souvenir items at a more affordable rate. Just make sure you have enough space in your luggage!